10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota trip planner

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Rapid City
— 5 nights
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Philip
— 2 nights
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Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
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Rapid City

— 5 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Bring the kids along to Bear Country USA and Custer State Park. Take a break from the city and head to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Black Hills National Forest. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Deadwood (Adams House, Mount Moriah Cemetery, &more), Custer (Sylvan Lake, Wildlife Loop Road, &more) and Keystone (Presidential Trail, Breezy Point Picnic Area, &more). And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Windcross Conservancy, trek along Elk Mountain Nature Trail, and admire the landmark architecture of Chapel in the Hills.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rapid City online trip itinerary planner.

Cleveland to Rapid City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cleveland to Rapid City, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cleveland in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rapid City, with lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Philip.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Philip

— 2 nights
Philip is a city in Haakon County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): learn about all things military at Delta-09 Missile Silo, explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, then buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug, then take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Loop Road, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Philip trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Rapid City to Philip by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Philip can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Philip

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Sioux Falls

— 2 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. On the 23rd (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Pettigrew Home & Museum, and then hike along SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun and explore at Stockyards Ag Experience and then walk around Falls Park.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Philip to Sioux Falls takes 4 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Philip to Sioux Falls. In April, daily temperatures in Sioux Falls can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors

South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.